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Rep.-elect Nancy Mace arrives on Capitol Hill, talks about goals in first term

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 10:29 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Incoming House lawmakers are in DC right now for new member orientation. South Carolina Representative-elect Nancy Mace is part of the historic number of Republican women elected to office this year.

“I’m not going to lie, I teared up here a little bit when I landed because it finally hit me," said Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R-SC).

Mace is on Capitol Hill after flipping South Carolina’s district red. Come January, she will be the Palmetto State’s first Republican woman in Congress.

“That grit, that drive, that passion, that purpose is what’s driven me for the last 25 years," said Mace.

Mace is no stranger to breaking barriers: she’s the first woman to graduate from the Citadel and now, she’s part of 17 GOP women elected to the US House of Representatives this year, more than any other incoming class. Mace credits her campaign – which was run by millennial women – for a large part of that victory.

“I call them my wonder women, they worked so hard, and they achieved something pretty big. It was awesome to witness," said Mace.

It’s an orientation unlike any before – as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the balance of power in the Senate will come down to Georgia’s Senate runoffs in January.

Mace, who is taking over the district after defeating Democratic incumbent Representative Joe Cunningham, says she will focus on protecting the environment while voting conservatively when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.

“I’ll bring that true voice of independence to Congress for the first congressional district," said Mace.

When Mace is sworn in, she says her first bill filed will be to protect the future of Parris Island, as she says supporting military and veterans will be a top priority.

Mace says she also hopes to put an emphasis on small business relief, education and find common ground with Democrats on addressing environmental needs. She says she looks forward to building working relationships with fellow lawmakers and learning from them as she starts this new job.

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